Sunday, October 08, 2006

Broadstairs Goes the 'Pong' Way

by Jenny Tals

Residents and traders around Broadstairs Harbour are complaining that the foul smell of excess has drifted over from Margate Harbour to their own neck of the woods.

The stench has materialised since the teeny-tiny harbour was dredged recently, and much of the sand was removed. "It's like they've dumped a truckload of marathon runners' trainers here," said one resident who didn't want to be named. The lack of sand is also causing the sea to lap right up against buildings, especially in the recent high tides.

A spokesman for the council said that the measures were necessary to keep the four or five boats that are moored in the harbour afloat. "The benefits of the few outway those of the many," he explained.


Anonymous said...

Ah, the refreshing smell of rotting seaweed comes to Broadstairs at last! Or should that be again, as it's not the first time this has happened.

sfdretywu said...

In the good old days, the stuff was collected by local farmers and used as fertilizer. Full of nutrients, is seaweed. But then the council, around 1989/90, in their infinite wisdom, decided to start charging them for it and were swiftly told to stick it up their beach.
Now, in order to get rid of it, the council has to pay someone to collect it.

Tossers, aren't they!

Anonymous said...

The waft now seems to have headed up Albion Street and is currently lingering somewhere in the region of Rooks the butchers.